Happy New Year.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are feeling refreshed for the term ahead. Please look out this week for the spring class letter, home learning tasks and topic web which will be sent home this week.
Our primary topic this term will be WW1 and we have a number of interesting activities planned to enhance the learning in this topic. In maths over the next week we will be having a particular focus on percentages and how they are used. Work related to this topic will be set on Mathletics for your child to do at home.
Autumn Week 10.
This week we have been continuing our work on fractions in Maths. We have been focusing particularly on multiplying and dividing fractions including both mixed numbers and improper fractions. We have begun to put some of these techniques into word problems and non-standard problems.
In English we have been writing some lovely Rainforest poems which follow very specific rhyming patterns. This will be continuing next week.
Autumn 2 Week 1
This week in Maths we have begun work on fractions. We have been reminding ourselves of what a fraction tells us and beginning to look at ordering some fractions. In English, we have begun to look at the picture book 'The Tin Forest' and have been focusing on character description using the 'Show not tell' principle. On Friday we had a glorious day in the forest. We collected chestnuts from the forest and took them back for roasting on a fire that we built.
Last week was our Food, Fun and Fitness week. There were lots of activities going on throughout the week and the children learnt lots about where their food comes from and the importance of like a healthy lifestyle. One of the highlights of the week was the whole school breakfast of Thursday where every class made a different breakfast component for the school to try. We had whole school Zumba and Tai-Chi sessions, as well as a visiting smoothie bike.
We are continuing with practicing our Spelling Bee words and will be focusing on the next seven words.
Spelling Bee Words of the Week
I have been really impressed with the classes' story writing skills this week. They have been focused and have all written for a substantial amount of time with some enjoyable results. The class were writing about their chosen pranks, based around the story of The Twits (I hope they haven't got any ideas!) You can see a selection of these stories on display outside of the hall next week.
In maths we have been refreshing out knowledge of addition and subtraction through a range of problem solving activities. As part of this, we have tried to be critical about which calculations we should be able to do mentally and which would need a more formal methods.
I have added some work on Mathletics based around this work and the children will be bringing home some Maths homework next week based around this work. Please also continue to practice your Spelling Bee words.
Enjoy your weekend.
In class this week we will be practicing the following words for the Spelling Bee:
This week we began with some more work on rounding numbers, particularly applying this to real life contexts. We then moved onto some quite challenging work of adding and subtracting negative numbers. In order to help with this I have set the class some work on Mathletics which directly relates to what we have been working on in class. In literacy we looked at the characters of The Twits and began by describing their appearance, before moving on to thinking about writing with speech. Next week we shall be writing some Twit inspired stories. To end the week we had some fantastic weather at Ashdown forest and enjoyed making our own paints using plants and flowers that we collected throughout the day.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week in Sapphire class we have started our first English topic which has taken us into the magical world of Roald Dahl. As part of our learning this week we have focused on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and developing our language choices. On Wednesday we celebrated Roald Dahl's birthday by listening to some of his revolting rhymes and watching a live television broadcast. Over the next few weeks we shall be exploring some more of his stories and having a go at writing in his style.
In Maths, we have been re-capping place value as well as what happens when multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 and even 0.1 and 0.01.
Follow this link if you want some more practice in this area:
I hope you all have had an enjoyable summer and are all refreshed for the new school year ahead. I will shortly be sending out a detailed letter explaining a few of the exciting topics things planned for this term, as well as some useful information about Sapphire Class. Over the next few days I will be busy setting the ground work for the year ahead with the class through a variety of 'welcome back activities' as well as carrying out some assessments to help me to see what they have remembered form last year. I look forward to meeting many of you over the next few weeks, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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